Mike's Music Exchange Transforms

The Santa Fe Performance Exchange is Born

Date January 10, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Author Editor

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Performing Arts


Santa Fe Performance Exchange presents: Santa Fe Bands Together
To benefit the Santa Fe Performance Exchange
All shows begin at 7 pm.
Tickets available at the door.
Price: $10/person
Winter Fiesta Lanyard holders receive 50% OFF - Lanyard holder price: $5/person
All dates and performers subject to change. Check website for details.

Zia Financial will offer childcare services in their new La Tienda at Eldorado media room during each performance.  Safe childcare in the same complex.  $5 per show. Free to Lanyard Holders.

Performances, February 18-27th, 2011

Friday,  February 18th - Round Mountain. with opening acts Sharon Gilchrist and Margaret Burke
Blending dusty American grit with a worldly amalgam of global influences, Santa Fe-based duo Round Mountain presents a singular take on folk music that is both foreign and familiar. The multi-multi-instrumentalist band of brothers has travelled the globe absorbing bits and pieces of musical cultures, returning to filter them through their own sepia-toned Americana framework.

Saturday, February 19th - Frogville Records featuring Boris McCutcheon & Joe West
Indie Folk, Rock and Alternative Country for people who love, think and do

Sunday, February 20th - Jazz with Chris Ishee and friends featuring legendary trumpeter Bobby Shew
(trumpet - Bobby Shew, piano - Chris Ishee, drums - John Trentacosta, bass - Luis Guerra, sax - Glenn Kostur, sax - Arlen Asher)

Monday, February 21nd - Community Night (check website for details)

Tuesday, February 22nd - Savor. Cuban Street Music
The music that the group performs includes Cuban and Afro-Cuban sounds and rhythms based on the original Cuban "Son"; which is the grandfather of the modern "€˜Salsa' rhythms. The music is performed in an informal acoustic and street-like manner, making it raw and infectiously dance-able. In addition, SAVOR's repertoire includes many other Latin American and Spanish songs for the eclectic and Latin hungry taste.

Wednesday, February 23rd - Nowhere Band (formerly Fab Faux) "The New Mexico Beatles Experience"
No Sgt. Pepper costumes, no granny glasses or Liverpool accents - just the best music of our time, played with energy and love. The Fab Faux consist of Paul Marcus on drums, Bob Curtis on bass, Evelyne Taylor on guitar, and Tim Taylor on guitar. The Fab Faux truthfully recreate the great songs and sounds of the Beatles, including their trademark 3-part harmonies and rich and intricate musical vibe.

Thursday, February 24th- Double Feature!
Welcome to Bohemia:

This all purpose gypsy cabaret band combines traditional and classical European music with inspired original compositions by accordionist Ron "Dadou" Romanovsky, a long-time Santa Fe musical force.
Bootleg Prophets:
Drawing from blues and bluegrass, western swing, country and western, folk, and rock and roll, Bootleg Prophets play their own blend of American roots music infused with the spicy flavor of the Southwest, the earnest twang of the South, the enveloping freshness of the Pacific Northwest, and the blue collar honesty of the Northeast.

Friday, February 25th -Triple Feature!
Lisa J. Carman Band:
Original Indie/Americana: Lisa engages her audience with a gracious charisma, weaving a story, a style and a mood inside each song. She shifts gears into a feisty presence, belting country rock-pop inside full band arrangements.

Songwriters in the round:
Featuring Laurianne Fiorentino and Paul Dillon: One of Ireland's premier performance venues proclaimed Fiorentino as "...one of the best performers on the scene..." delivering her original genre of Earthy-Indie music in a style that recalls ceremony and ritual.

Cristen Grey:
Cristen Grey has a superlative talent for blending adult contemporary rock with everything from country and blues, to metal-tinged power ballads.

Saturday, February 26th -- Hilary Smith and Soul Kitchen
Their latest CD, NO EASY WAY walked away with five 2009 NM Music Awards, including "Best of the Year".

Sunday, February 27th - Triple Feature!
Catfish Hodge

"Catfish on stage is like a twelve gauge shot gun of emotion going off!" - Rolling Stone Magazine. Bob "Catfish" Hodge has been called an "American folk blues hero" and has been a mainstay on the American Blues music scene for nearly four decades. He has twenty five albums to his credit, comprised almost totally of original material.

Jaime Michaels
Jaime Michaels songs combine romance, longing, catchy tunes, lovely melodies, blues . . . and twists in perspectives, all wrapped in finely crafted stanza.

Vince Bell
Legendary Texas Songwriter Vince Bell plays a little rock 'n' roll, a little folk, a little country, some blues and jazz, some singer-songwriter . . all together makes it Vince Bell music.

"As a songwriter he can easily take his place in that hallowed area occupied
by the likes of Randy Newman, Bruce Cockburn and Tom Waits."- Musician
Magazine. Bell's songs have been performed and recorded by such diverse
talents as Little Feat, Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, and both a ballet
and musical have been set to his work. Along with five critically acclaimed
CDs, he is the author of an autobiography and one-man show, One Man's Music.
"Vince is a poet," said the late Townes Van Zandt.

About the Santa Fe Performance Exchange:

Mike's Music Exchange opened in December of 2009. Mike's focus was on creating a performance space that provided an exemplary listening room, high quality performances and fair wages for a


rtists. . Over the course of a year, Mike brought his vision to life. He created an environment that fostered a direct relationship between artists and music lovers, a greater appreciation of live music and a broader understanding of the creative process for both artists and listeners alike.

More than 100 performances by local, national and international artists generated a community love of the space and a commitment to its survival and growth.

Today, Mike's Music Exchange is transforming. It is becoming a non-profit performance space that will broaden and enhance what Mike created and ensure its long term viability.

The board has been formed and it is strong. The community is supporting the transformation whole heartedly. In the last 3 weeks, more than 30 people have stepped up to offer time, talent and money to support this endeavor. $9,300 has been donated or pledged during this period, and the first performance is scheduled for
February 5, 2011.

The question is why? What makes this performance space so unique and so loved by so many? The answers aren't simple but they are powerful.

This performance space is unlike any other in the area. The room is beautiful and perfectly acoustically tuned. The seating area is shallow and wraps the stage so that from every angle, the audience is immediately connected to the artists. There is a restaurant next door and a tap house directly across from the space but the space itself is alcohol and food free. This means that when the audience is seated, the performers get 100% of their attention.

This perhaps, more than anything else, is what creates the magic of the venue. The artists feed off the audience and the audience feeds off the performance. There is improvisation, laughter and life at every show.

This is not a static venue where performers play the same rote songs and the audience half listens while they sip their drinks and watch the crowd. Instead, the performers and the audience are alive and fully engaged in the music. In this environment, art happens. Repeatedly, artists have expressed their conviction that this is absolutely the best performance space in the region and some have gone so far as to claim that it is the best in the nation.

In addition to the quality of the performances, this space is committed to community service and community building activities. In consequence, it has become an intrinsic part of community culture. Politicians and community organizers use the space on a regular basis for town hall meetings. Congressman Peter Wirth and Representative Brian Egolf will hold their next town hall meeting on January 12. There will be a forum for Santa Fe Public School board candidates on January 25.

The Eldorado Community School, the Eldorado Teen Center and the community at large have used the space for a variety of functions. Truly, this space is home to the hearts and minds of the community it serves. It is, as Mike had envisioned, the melding of music, art and community.

Finally, this space serves a broad and diverse population. While it pulls from Santa Fe, it is also the only performance space serving Eldorado and the 285 corridor, Lamy, Galisteo, Glorieta and Pecos. Because it is alcohol free, children and families comprise a significant portion of the audience at every show. It is accessible, conveniently located and has plenty of parking.

We invite you to become a part of this amazing venue. For more information, contact Rick Adesso at rick.adesso@gmail.com.

Levels of Giving

Founders Circle:
Minimum gift of $1,000 must be received between
January 1 and April 1, 2011

As a founder, your name (or your business name) will be permanently etched on the Founder's Stone placed on the patio outside the main entrance to the performance space. Founders will also receive:

Lifetime recognition on all performance space literature and on the web site.
2 tickets to the annual meeting
4 free tickets to performances each year
Life time invitations to special events

Performance Sponsors:
As a performance sponsor, your name (or business name) will be listed on a banner in the performance space as the performance sponsor for a single event. You will receive acknowledgement for sponsoring the event in all performance space literature and on web promotions for the event. You will also receive:

2 tickets to the event you sponsor
2 tickets to the annual meeting
Invitations to special events through out the year.

Supporting Donors:

As a supporting donor, your name (or business name) will be listed on all performance space literature and on the web site. You will also receive:

2 performance tickets
1 ticket to the annual meeting

$100 - $249

As a contributor, your name (or business name) will be listed on the annual report and on the web site.

Santa Fe Performance Exchange
7 Caliente' Road
Santa Fe, NM  87508
(505) 466-3116

In La Tienda at Eldorado